I just returned from my third stay at Pala Mesa, and something has definately changed since March of 2012. Namely, the menu and quality of the food....horrible, horrible, horrible. Although every employee was courteous and friendly, I asked for a specific room when I made our reservation two months prior. They assured me it would be no problem. The room I requested and was promised was a lower room on the first hole with a clear view of the fairway from the lovely balcony. This room 216, seems to have been one of the ones "spruced up" since our stay the previous year, when we had a balcony overlooking the pool. Imagine my surprise and unhappiness when we were assigned room 244 with no balcony and no view the the first fairway, unless the groundskeepers would have cut back many trees. I asked to change rooms and was told that there were none available with a balcony and two queen beds. Our room was very musty, old and tired! However, we made the most of our bi-annual girlfirend golf getaway and played our first of two rounds of golf. To their credit I was told when I made my reservation that they were going to punch the greens two weeks prior to our stay, so I didn't expect much from them. However, they were all very inconsistent. There were no marshalls on the course and the pace of play on the Thursday of our arrival was 5-1/2 hours. Good thing we thought to bring our wine! We thought the course was in decent shape and enjoyed playing our round. Terribly disappointed in both our lunch and dinner to the point I was wondering if they either had new management or a new chef in the kitchen. They have removed several delicious items off their lunch menu which was a disappointment. In my opinion, Aquaterra really don't do breakfast well, so for the past two visits we have bypassed that meal.. What shocked us so much this time was how incredibly noisy it was at night with the freeway. Ear plugs are a must! We thought Pala Mesa was going to be our "go-to" getway for years to come, but on our way home, we were trying to find another stay and play resort because we were so disappointed. Still a good price to stay and play, but you have to weigh what is important in a resort.
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